2014 Summit handouts available

2014 SUMMIT Greg Manning, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist Michael Maxwell and Courtney Angeles, MSW, WWK recruiters “Emotional and behavioral struggles of youth in out-of-home placement“ Case scenario 1 Case scenario 2 References Sue Badeau, Author/Trainer/Parent Keynote: Permanency Matters Greg Manning, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist Engaging and caring for transitional-age youth with trauma histories Tracy Flynn, Management and Read More

Flip the script

Our friends Bryan and Angela Tucker are adoption advocates with whom we connected last year during the release of their film Closure. Closure encompasses Angela’s story of getting adopted from foster care and her journey of reconnecting with her birth family. As she recognizes National Adoption Month, Angela is participating in #flipthescript, a campaign supported Read More

How my son has adapted to stability

One of the first things I heard as I entered in adoption of an older child was, “You’ll need to advocate for your child in school.”  Little did I know, this would become my part time job. I first met my son, 14 ½ year- old RD, when he was wrapping up 6th grade.  When Read More

Every child

Every child deserves a home. Yet the child welfare system does not have a sound record of developing best practices for serving children and youth waiting to be adopted who have been identified as “difficult to place” — older youth, children with mental or physical challenges, children in sibling groups, children of a minority culture or race and/or youth who identified as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgendered (LGBT).

A personal message on Adoption-Friendly benefits

Every year, during our call for submissions for our 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list, we are inspired by the stories shared from representatives of companies throughout the nation. In honor of the inspiring message below, we are opening the survey again for this week so we can recognize as many Adoption-Friendly Workplaces as possible. We received this Read More

Huntington supports Kickball for a Home

Twelve colleagues recently finished in second place in the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) Kickball for a Home event at Beekman Park in Columbus. This year’s event raised $41,000 and featured 24 teams, including Team Huntington. Team Huntington comprised of Amanda Adams, Huntington Investment Company (HIC); Stephanie Adkins, home lending; Brandis Carr, treasury management; Read More

Are you ready for some kickball?

We are getting ready for our 4th annual Kickball for a Home event here in Columbus, and you should be getting ready and warmed up, too! Here are some stretching tips from Christina Heineike, General Manager of Wendy’s Fitness Center: WARM UP– It’s VERY important to warm up your muscles so they don’t tear! Light Read More

We are abandoning children in foster care

In our unrelenting drive to focus on older youth waiting to be adopted and the injustice of allowing 20,000+ to age out of care each year, we are excited to share our President and CEO’s opinion column from CNN.com. Help us spread the message by sharing this story and infographic: (CNN) — In 2012 in Read More

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids: A melancholy milestone

Anniversaries are just a little bittersweet at the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. This month, we mark 10 amazing and important years of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, yet I am keenly aware that we have not done enough. As we honor the 4,076 adoptions that are the direct result of the work of our recruiters – Read More

Breaking child welfare barriers across state lines

At the Foundation, we manage a robust national resource and information exchange, which allows us to respond to trends and recurring themes in the requests that come to us for help. The frustrations that surround interstate adoptions frequently rise to the top of challenges confronted by families adopting from foster care. An important strategy in Read More